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Much has been made in the past few years of Congress’ seeming inability to pass a federal budget. Even members of Congress are starting to get tired of it. And since no problem brought before our legislature can’t be solved without finding a way to incentivize it, today the House passed a bill referred to as “No Budget No Pay,” meaning that if both the House and Senate do not approve a budget for the coming fiscal year by April 15, no representative of either body will receive their pay.

The bill also pushed back the impending debt ceiling crisis for the next few months An important point to highlight is that even under the legislation, members of Congress could still get paid if they don’t pass a budget. How is this possible?

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